CONF: Visualizing Blackness in Latin America and the Caribbean, 16th-19th Centuries (London, 29-30 May 2018)

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May 30, 2018
United Kingdom
Subject Fields: 
Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Black History / Studies, Slavery, Race Studies, Latin American and Caribbean History / Studies

London, 29-30 May 2018

Visualizing Blackness in Latin America and the Caribbean, 16th-19th Centuries

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Day 1 - Tuesday, 29 May 2018

9:30 – 10:00 Registration

10:00 – 10:15 Opening Remarks

10:15 – 11:30 Panel 1: Mapping Regions

Chair: Linda Newson, ILAS

  • Roberto Conduru (Southern Methodist University), (Re)Creating the Afro-Brazilian through quilombos and its maps
  • Nancy Applebaum (SUNY, Binghamton), Visualizing black granadinos in the 1850s: The Chorographic Commission of Colombia
  • Jennifer Jolly (Ithaca College), Rethinking Mexico’s Racialized Geography: Seeing Afro-Mexicans in Michoacan

11:30 – 11:45 Coffee break

11:45 – 13:15 Keynote: Alejandro de la Fuente (Harvard University)

13:15 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 15:30 Panel 2: Independence & Nation Building

Chair: William Tantam, ILAS

  • Luisa Arrieta (University of Connecticut), Painting the Ideal Citizen: Blackness and Nation-building in Colombia’s National Museum, 1880-1886.
  • Carrie Gibson (Independent scholar), Imagining black republics: Haiti, Cuba, and Puerto Rico c. 1898-1915
  • Alejandro Gomez (Universite Paris III), “The “horrors” of St. Domingue: Images, Narratives, and Translations”

15:30 – 15:45 Coffee break

15:45 – 17:00 Panel 3: Black Invisibility

Chair: Luis Rebaza-Soraluz, King’s College London

  • Claudia Garay Molina (UNAM), From caste to class: The oblivion of the black population in nineteenth-century Mexican art
  • Helen Melling (ILAS), Colonial Legacies and Black Citizenship in late 19th Century Photography
  • Juan Manuel Ramírez Velázquez (Washington University in St. Louis), [Re]Construyendo el ideal colonial español a través del teatro bufo cubano del siglo XIX

17:00 – 17:05 Break

17:05 – 18:20 Panel 4: Portraiture

Chair: Mark Thurner, ILAS

  • Beatriz E. Balanta (Southern Methodist University), Making of a Paper Hero: Portraiture and Blackness in Mid-Ninteenth Century Brazil
  • Sonia Labrador-Rodríguez (New College of Florida), The Body in the Image: Slavery in Printed Discourse in Cuba
  • María de Lourdes Ghidoli (GEALA Intitutio Ravignani-UBA), Afro-Porteñoa, 1881: Biographies and portraits between progress and affection

18:20 Reception


Day 2 - Wednesday 30th May 2018

10:00 – 11:15 Panel 5: Colonial Subjects and Subjectivity

Chair: Carmen Fracchia, Birckbeck

  • Elena FitzPatrick Sifford (Louisiana State University), “Among the Spaniards Came Blacks”: Mexican Manuscripts and the First Images of Africans in the Americas
  • Ana María Silva (University of Michigan), Threatening Fortunes: Women of African Descent, Their Property, and the Inquisition of Cartagena
  • Angélica María Sánchez Barona (Harvard University), Alterity, Scientific Racism and Pigments: Coloring Black Women in Nueva Granada, 18th Century

11:15 – 11:30 Coffee

11:30 – 12:45 Keynote: Tamara J. Walker (University of Toronto)

12:45 – 13:45 Lunch

13:45 – 15:00 Panel 6: Religious Culture 

Chair: Kathryn Santner, ILAS

  • Larissa Brewer-Garcia (University of Chicago), Visualizing the Mulato Saint: Hierarchy and Holiness in the Engravings of Martín de Porres
  • Ximena Gomez (University of Michigan), Collecting and agency in Lima’s Confraternity of La Antigua
  • Jennifer Baez (Florida State University), Black Bodies on Record for the Altagracia Cult of Hispaniola

 15:00 Closing Remarks